FIRST ON FOX: State of Texas. Representative Briscoe Cain criticized the dozens of Democrats who fled the state capital earlier this week and argued they left for political reasons only.
“This is spurious, they are lying and playing with the people of Texas,” Cain, Republican and chairman of the House Elections Committee, told Fox News.
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“Whoever reads it,” Cain said of the controversial franchise bill that prompted the lawmakers flee to Washington, DC earlier this week, citing claims that the bill would take away voting rights, “realizes that it doesn’t criminalize mistakes, it expands access to the vote, it expands hours and protects our elections.” That’s all “.
Cain said that in the end, Democrats will have no choice but to return to Texas and that because of their “bad faith” actions there is “no reason to negotiate with them. “and he hopes the legislature can pass an even stronger bill when they return.
Cain claimed that at least 3 of the fugitive lawmakers privately admit that there was no voter suppression in the bill, but still left the capital and publicly said there was.
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When the Democrats flew in a private plane to Washington, DC, they were very criticized on social networks for taking a group photo on the plane without masks, which many have deemed hypocritical given their public statements about the importance of masks and the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, especially as federal regulations require always commercial air passengers to wear masks on planes.
Cain agreed with these criticisms and suggested that they violated the law several times during the trip.
“My reading of federal transportation law and mask warrants is that the mask rule applies to private charters whether or not you are vaccinated. Humorously, a local ordinance in Washington, DC also prohibits a person from importing alcoholic beverage into the District of Columbia without a permit. “
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Lawmakers were photographed with alcoholic drinks on their way to Washington, DC, which also drew criticism on social media.
Cain responded with skepticism to news on Saturday that three of the Democrats’ group had tested positive for the coronavirus, suggesting it could be a political “gimmick” to stay in Washington longer.
“I say prove it,” Cain said. “I think that’s an excuse to avoid coming back. They want a reason to do a 14 day quarantine; they don’t want to come back and do their job. If they really have it, prove it.”
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It’s unclear when the Democratic group plans to return to Texas amid growing Republicans’ frustration. Earlier this week, Republican House Speaker from Texas Dade Phelan announced that he was chartering a plane to Washington for the Democrats’ return.
“I demand that all of our colleagues in Washington immediately contact my staff to reserve their seats on the plane and return to Austin to conduct state business,” said President Dade Phelan. said in a statement. “The State of Texas is waiting.”
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